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EX­PLORE new lo­ca­tions, land­scapes and leg­ends dur­ing this year’s Chilterns Walk­ing Fes­ti­val.

The 16-day pro­gramme of guided walks and spe­cial events takes place from May 18 to June 2.

The Chilterns Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty cov­ers the ru­ral coun­try­side of Ox­ford­shire, Buck­ing­hamshire, Hert­ford­shire and Bed­ford­shire on London’s north-west doorstep.

There will be an ex­cit­ing pro­gramme of more than 80 guided walks and spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties led by ex­pert lo­cal guides who will bring the area to life.

Take the train for a walk, dis­cover favourite lo­ca­tions, land­scapes and larger-than-life per­son­al­i­ties – from Iron Age set­tlers to mod­ern day food and drink pro­duc­ers with daily events. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.vis­itchilterns.co.uk/walk­ingfest or find us on Face­book at Chiltern­sWalk­ingFes­ti­val/.

The full pro­gramme will be out in mid March, but in the mean­time high­lights in­clude:

Dawn Cho­rus at Tring Park on Thursday May 2, led by the Wood­land Trust.

Wood­land cook­ing walk on Sun­day May 19 with David Wil­lis Bushcraft.

Lure of the woods – a walk along Chiltern hills and through wood­lands, with re­fresh­ment stop at a pri­vate wood­land camp. There will be a ket­tle sim­mer­ing and the op­tion to cook your lunch over the camp­fire.

Fam­ily Bushcraft on Thursday May 30 with David Wil­lis Bushcraft.

Wild gar­lic walk, for­ag­ing and food demon­stra­tions.

Chilterns Vin­tage Cin­ema walk – Best of Both Worlds. Visit some of the film and TV lo­ca­tions in one of the most filmed ar­eas of the coun­try, then re­lax with a film view­ing in an iconic set­ting. There will also be some ‘film walks’ led by rangers at Bucks coun­try parks.

Chilterns Hill­fort and ar­chae­ol­ogy walks, learn­ing the fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory of the iron age hill­forts.

Fol­low in the foot­steps of your an­ces­tors along the ‘Tud­ding­way’, a me­dieval route be­tween Crow­marsh and Read­ing, fol­low­ing the me­an­der­ing Thames cor­ri­dor with some di­ver­sions up into the beech­woods.

‘Meet the maker’ art and craft walks vis­it­ing Chilterns fur­ni­ture mak­ers, pot­ters and sad­dle mak­ers. A chance to visit stu­dios not nor­mally open to the pub­lic in spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tions.

Amer­sham Mu­seum will be of­fer­ing more art and craft walks, discovering one of the most im­por­tant ar­chi­tects in Amer­sham’s 20th cen­tury devel­op­ment, J H Ken­nard.

Join in with the Chilterns Walk­ing Fes­ti­val

The Chiltern Hills

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